Q. What is the status of making Khatam of Bukhaari Shareef during times of anxiety and fear? This is being promoted in certain quarters.
A. While making khatam of Bukhaari Shareef in the manner described, is permissible initially, it can develop into bid’ah. It is not an act of Ibaadat substantiated by Shar’i Nusoos. Furthermore, such a khatam should be a private affair, and not transformed into a public function. In fact, even public and congregational Qur’aan Khatams are discouraged.
The khatam of Bukhaari Shareef is not Sunnah. The Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tab -e-Taabieen had no relationship with Bukhaari Shareef. Promoting this khatam is bid’ah regardless of seniors having practiced it. It has no basis in the Sunnah. All acts of bid’ah were initially Mubaahaat introduced by the Auliya. They were such permissibilities which had no origin in the Sunnah. It is unwise to promote this practice. It is essential to adhere to Sunnah Athkaar and to Qur’aan Tilaawat in privacy, not in public and congregational forms. In times of anxiety, resort more to the Qur’aan Majeed, for Allah Ta’ala says: “Behold! In the Thikr of Allah do hearts find tranquility.” Any practice which has no basis in the Sunnah should NEVER EVER be given preference over Sunnah Athkaar and Tilaawat of the Qur’aan and plain, fervent dua emanating from the innermost recesses of the heart. Regardless of who has innovated this practice, abstain from it. We should not worship seniority.
We respect and honour all our Akaabir. But fettering us to the Shariah, the Qur’aan prohibits us from emulating the Bani Israaeel about whom the Qur’aanic stricture is?
“They took their ahbaar (scholars) and ruhbaan (buzrugs) as arbaab (gods) besides Allah, and also for Maseeh, the son of Maryam (they took as a god).”